By Jake Lahut
Dr. Anthony Fauci seems more optimistic regarding the chances of a “second wave” of COVID-19 hitting the US by the fall.
Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious-disease expert and longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has consistently warned that the virus will linger and could come back strong in the fall or winter.
Such a pattern would fit with those of other coronaviruses as well as the 1918 influenza pandemic, which brought more damage in its second wave than in the first.
But during a CNN interview Wednesday morning, Fauci suggested the nation’s ramped-up testing capacity was changing his outlook.
“I’m feeling better about it as we go by with the weeks that go by and we see that we’re getting more and more capability of testing,” Fauci said. “The CDC is putting more of a workforce out there to help us do the kinds of identification, isolation, and contact tracing. I feel better and better that we’re capable of doing that.”
Fauci continued to emphasize that people should be vigilant and plan on the virus being strong by the fall but that the so-called second wave was preventable.
“We often talk about the possibility of a second wave, or of an outbreak when you reopen. We don’t have to accept that as an inevitability,” Fauci said. “Particularly when people start thinking about the fall, I want people to really appreciate that it could happen, but it is not inevitable.
“If we do the kinds of things that we’re putting in place now, to have the workforce, the system, and the will to do the kinds of things that are the clear and effective identification, isolation and contact tracing, we can prevent this second wave that we’re talking about.”